A Deadly Shade of Gold (Travis McGee 05) by John D. MacDonald

By John D. MacDonald

While Travis McGee discovers a face from his earlier mendacity in a pool of blood on an inexpensive hotel room flooring, he wishes solutions. yet thus far, all he has are questions--plus the doubtful inheritance of his friend's vengeance-driven female friend, and a precious historical Aztec golden idol. half insurgent, half thinker, and each inch his personal guy, Travis McGee plunges right into a wild and threatening trek for a killer that takes him from the Lauderdale shores to the seething corruption of yankee expatriates in Mexican city, to the plush excessive lifetime of the California jet set."A grasp storyteller, a wizard of discussion, characterization, and plot."Chicago Tribune publication global

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She patted my arm. “Don’t be an ass, Travis. A woman buys a nine-hundred-dollar suit to prove to the world at large that she has a man willing to buy her a nine-hundred-dollar suit. It gives her a sense of emotional accomplishment. Come along. ” “Hmmm. ” “Later, if we feel like it. ” It was a conversational place, a small dark lounge far from the commercial merriment, all black woods, dark leather, flattering lighting. We took armchairs at the countersunk bar, and I told Charles to bring us menus in about forty minutes, and told him what sort of table we would like.

S. 1 there are junk strips dating back to the desperate trashiness of the thirties. They are, as a governor of the state of Florida once said at a press conference, a sore eye. Sam Taggart was in one of six cabins out behind a dispirited gas station that sold some kind of offbrand called Haste. The cabins were originally styled to look like little teeny tiny Mount Vernons. There was a field full of dead automobiles behind the cabins, a defunct Midgie-Golf on the left, a vegetable stand on the right.

The water tanks are huge. You could almost set up a bridge game in the shower stall. One could plausibly bathe a sizeable horse in the stainless steel tub. Every possible area of the walls of the bath is mirrored. When I had saved myself from extinction in that marathon poker game by making a four heart flush stand up, the houseboat chap showed an expensive tendency to see every hand I had from then on. After I had all his ready cash and his houseboat, as his friends gently and firmly led him away from the game, he was trying forlornly to swing a loan on the Brazilian.

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